Mason Clark Associates were commissioned by a client in carrying out structural repair work to a popular, two-story city centre restaurant. The restaurant had been left in a state of disrepair following heavy flooding in the past. The building had been left for many years, propped up without any idea of the project direction.
Due to the state the building was left in following years of neglect, the client required a full assessment of the structural integrity as well as guidance for repair work to bring the building back into use. The building was left in a dangerous, inhabitable state which required first of all complicated temporary repair works to be carried out so to ensure contractors could safely carry out internal and external work. Following this, we were tasked with the detailed design of full structural repair works to allow the building to be brought back into use. This was challenging due to the extensive repair work needed to be carried out due to the damage the building had sustained. As well as this, the building held restricted access meaning the remedial works were difficult, adding to the dangerousness of the project. As such, we were required to work to impeccable levels of Health and Safety and ensure all aspects of the work strictly adhered to risk assessments and method statements
We carefully analysed all of the existing defects and developed a detailed propping design to stabilise the structure to allow the works to be carried out safely, carefully monitoring each stage of the works with laser technology throughout. New foundations consisted of mini piles inserted within the footprint of the basement with a new reinforced concrete ground slab built over and keyed into the perimeter walls to re-support the structure onto sound material. During all stages, careful monitoring of the structure was carried out by Mason Clark and the careful sequence of works designed to allow safe working within the dangerous structure.